FILING FOR AN ELECTED OFFICE
*All candidates must be registered to vote in Eaton County.
All candidates must file an Affidavit of Identity, Petition form, Pronunciation form for the Automark machine and a Campaign Finance Form called the "Statement of Organization”. The Statement of Organization must be filed for any office other than Precinct Delegate. You would file this form with the County Clerk’s Office. Note: * See Campaign Finance page.
OFFICES AND THEIR FILING INFORMATION.
*Partisan candidates (with Party affiliation) who submit a valid Affidavit of Identity , Pronunciation Form and nominating petitions with the proper filing official no later than 4:00 P.M. on the filing deadline date will be placed on the ballot.
*Non-Partisan candidates who submit a valid Affidavit of Identity, Pronunciation Form and nominating petitions with the proper filing official no later than 4:00 P.M. on the filing deadline date will be placed on the ballot. (Judges must also file an Affidavit of Constitutional Qualification with their filings.)
*Candidate's Without Political Party Affiliation who submit a valid Affidavit of Identity, Pronunciation Form and qualifying petitions with the proper filing official no later than 4:00 P.M. on the filing deadline date will be placed on the general election ballot.
*Precinct Delegate candidates who file a valid Precinct Delegate Affidavit of Identity, Pronunciation no later than 4:00 P.M. on the filing deadline date with the proper filing official will be placed on the primary ballot. (Nominating petitions are not required for Precinct Delegates.)
Withdrawal from office must be in writing and the deadline is three (3) days after the filing deadline.
CAN A CANDIDATE PAY A FILING FEE INSTEAD OF FILING NOMINATING PETITIONS?
*Partisan candidates for State Senator, State Representative, County Offices and County Commissioner Districts may file a filing fee of $100 in lieu of filing nominating petitions.
*The filing fee is deposited in the trust and agency fund of the county and is refunded to candidates who are nominated and to an equal number of candidates who receive the next highest number of votes in the primary election. If two or more candidates tie in having the lowest number of votes allowing a refund, the sum of $100 shall be divided among them. Candidates who withdraw are not eligible for a refund of the filing fee.
WRITE-IN CANDIDATE INFORMATION.
*A write-in candidate must file a Declaration of Intent no later than 4:00 P.M. the second Friday before the election. (168.737a as amended under PA 87 of 2006)
*An individual who wishes to seek a Precinct Delegate position as a write-in candidate must file a Precinct Delegate Write-In Candidate Declaration of Intent with the proper filing official of his or her township or city by 4:00 P.M. on the second Friday preceding the primary election. As an alternative, he or she may file the Write-In Candidate Declaration of Intent with his or her precinct board chairperson on the day of the primary election anytime prior to the close of the polls.
Write-in candidates must file a Statement of Organization form by Campaign finance law. They are filed in the County Clerk’s office.
WHERE DO I OBTAIN NOMINATING PETITIONS?
*Nominating petitions are available from election officials on the county and local levels. Candidates may make photocopies provided the copies are exactly the same as the originals. The style of petition used depends on the office sought.
*Michigan Election Law determines the format of the petitions candidates use when collecting signatures (P.A. 116 Section 168.544c).
*Check with your filing clerk for the number of signatures required on the nominating petitions.
WHEN ARE PETITIONS FILED? Call our office for recent updates in filing dates and deadlines. 517-543-2488.
WHAT INFORMATION NEEDS TO BE INCLUDED ON THE HEADING OF THE PETITION?
*The heading of each petition sheet must include the candidate’s name, address, political party (if applicable), the office sought, the district, the county name, the city/township (if applicable), and the date of the election.
*Petitions for JUDICIAL OFFICES must also include information regarding the term of office.
REQUIREMENTS FOR A PETITION CIRCULATOR:
*The petition circulator must be registered to vote in the State of Michigan.
*The circulator must complete the certificate at the bottom of the petition sheet after obtaining the last signature on the sheet.
*Any signatures dated after the date indicated on the circulator’s certificate are invalid.
*The petition circulator must only accept signatures from registered voters of the jurisdiction that corresponds with the heading of the petition sheet.
*All signers should sign their names as they are registered.
*All signatures on a petition sheet must be executed in the presence of the circulator and the circulator must make sure the signer completes their signature, printed name, address, and name of post office and date of signing.
*When circulating a countywide petition the city or township must be indicated.
WHERE DO I FILE MY FORMS FOR CANDIDACY?
*State candidates – file with the State of Michigan with the exception the 71st State Representative will file with the County Clerk.
*Circuit and District Judges – file with the State of Michigan.
*Probate Judge – file with the County Clerk’s office.
*County candidates – file with the County Clerk’s office.
*Precinct Delegates – file with their County, City or Township Clerk’s office.
*City candidates – file with City Clerk’s office.
*Township candidates – file with Township Clerk’s office.
*Village candidates – file with Township Clerk’s office.
*School candidates – file with the County Clerk's office. Call our office for more information. 517-543-7500 X2488.